A search of a residence on the 900 block of Ocean Avenue turned up more than two pounds of marijuana, $16,500 in cash and even a counting machine for currency, according to a news release from Ocean City Police Capt. Steven Ang.
The confiscated material was part of an alleged marijuana-dealing operation, according to Ang. A month-long investigation by Ocean City detectives led to a pre-dawn search of the property at 2 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21. Ocean City police were assisted by the Cape May County SWAT team.
Marcus G. Palermo, 24, of Ocean City, was arrested during the operation, which also included the alleged discovery of cocaine, digital scales and packaging material, according to Ang.
Palermo is charged with distribution and possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of CDS paraphernalia.
He is being held at the Cape May County Correctional Facility on $25,000 full cash bail.
Det. Stephen Sullivan and Det. Dan Lancaster led the investigation for the Ocean City Police Department.